Home Event in August Excites Racing Family
The Australian Offshore Superboat Championships might be months away but that does not mean Mackay’s Frier brothers are not thinking about it.
Brendan and Chris Frier came second in last years Australian Championship, despite flipping their boat in the Newcastle round.
“We’re racing just in the Australian Championship,” Brendan said.
“We normally start a lot earlier in the year but it doesn’t start until July this year so it’s given us a good break and a chance to focus on work before getting into it mid-year.”
The first round of the year is at Bowen on July 24.
These outrageously quick boats will also tear up the waters of Mackay in round two on August 7.
Brendan, who is in charge of the throttle while his brother pilots the boat, said the goal for the year is to be consistent.
“We want to make sure we finish races and get some points on the board,” he said.
Brendan said he was looking forward to their home race in Mackay in August.
“We always like to try and do well there,” he said.
“Its good racing in front of a home crowd. Hopefully we get good weather and have a good run there.”
Last year Mackay event was interrupted by bad weather.
The first day was cancelled but Frier brothers finished second in the race on day two before more bad weather forced the rest of the round to be cancelled.
Brendan said one of their rivals, team Australian Powerboat 222 Offshore, crashed two weeks ago in a New Zealand competition.
“They’ll probably get back for the Australian series but it’s just a reminder of what could happen to us again.” Brendan said.
The specifications of the Frier brothers’ boats are impressive.
They run two 750 horsepower engines which can get them up to speeds more than 200kmh.
“It’s too fast for your brain to register so you kind of just have to feel the water,” Brendan said.
“If you know it’s a bit hairy you can’t push as hard.”
“It’s important just to read the water.”
Brendan said the ride of the boat was all dependant on conditions.
“You definitely get thrown around,” he said.
Extract from Mackay Daily Mirror – Story by Chris Lees